Blogging U by WordPress.com

Hi Friends, Today is a very special for all the bloggers out there, specially the newbie bloggers. The reason is simple and fun at the same time. The good news is WordPress is back with its Blogging U Courses (Formerly know as Blogging 101).

Blogging has now become a very challenging goal for us. We hardly come up with new ideas, ways to keep our blog updated and giving helpful tips and resources to our audiences. But now, those days are over because Blogging U comes up with its very best free On-Deemand Course which will help us to achieve our blogging goals.

So, What is Blogging U.?

Blogging U is Blogging University – Presented by Daily Post by WordPress.com whose parent company is Automattic who are behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce,JetpackSimplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, PolldaddyCloudup, and more.

All you need is a WordPress.com account to Sign-up. If you already have a registered account with WordPress.com login and go to this link (will open in new window) https://dailypost.wordpress.com/blogging-university

Now all you need to do is to read the information and instructions on different types of courses you see on that page and click on ‘Start Course’ button next to the title. You will recieve an email regarding this course and within few minutes you’ll receive your very first course.

To know who are the hosts of the courses are Click Here.

The Courses covers from the Basics for Beginners to intermediate and then to the Advanced Level. You can start all the courses at a time if you only think you can do it everyday with ease otherwise take your time it’s not going anywhere. New Courses will be adding regularly. So Don’t miss this chance. Now, i think i can make the most of my skills, learn new things in blogging and most importantly share what i love to blog, everyday.

Please share your experience with Blogging U. Best of Luck and Happy Blogging.!

Best Free WordPress Plugins

WordPress is a great platform to use for your blog and Google and other search engines love WordPress because of its user friendly template. Install the right plugins to fully optimize your blog and make it a site that people can easily navigate.

Wordpress Plugins

Google (and other search engines) love WordPress because the code is very clear and simple. With the coding, search engines find it very easy to read and index a site’s content. Additionally, each page, post, and image can have its own title, description, and meta keyword. Each aspect can also be optimized for specific keywords to allow for very precise search engine
optimization.

When using WordPress, it is crucial for you to use the best plugins to
optimize and protect your website. From my own experience, here are the
best wordpress plugins for you to install :

WordPress Ez Backup : This plugin is an administrative plugin that allows users to create backup archives of their entire site and database with the most ease. Additionally, you can view a live log file of your backup, and the plugin also has an interactive Help & Auto Settings for web server configurations.

Anti-spam : We just hate comment spam and are pretty sure you hate them too. We managed to find this plugin which does a great job in keeping spam under control.You don’t need captcha or check a moderation queue, since Anti-spam takes care of it from the background. It is slowly moving towards dethroning Akismet from its title of “the best anti comment spam” Plugin for WordPress websites.

Better WP Security : Safeguarding your WordPress website from hackers is very important these days. Better WP Security plugin helps in securing your website to a great extent. When installed, it creates a separate section on your WordPress dashboard with loads of options to work with. At first, it may be daunting to work with so many options, but a little play around will help you get used to it quickly. It’s also recommended to backup your WordPress website before you make any changes using this plugin.

W3 Total Cache : A fast loading website is the norm today and this plugin helps you get there. This tool is highly recommended because it uses the power of Caching and Minifying files within your website to decrease the load time. This plugin is widely used and there is a lot of information about how one can setup the plugin in the right way. Search Engines will really appreciate your decision in installing this plugin as they love quick loading websites

WordPress Seo by Yoast : This is probably the only plugin that you will need, to update all aspects of SEO for your WordPress website. It not only helps you write better content but also helps you with the important tasks like creating an XML Sitemap, which will make it easier for search engine spiders, to crawl through your website.

All In One SEO Pack : This plugin makes it really easy to optimize your website for search engines. Just some of the features include:
• Google Analytics support
• Advanced Canonical URLs
• Support for CMS-style installations
• Nonce Security
• Built-in API

SEO Auto Links & Related Posts : With this plugin, auto links, related posts, and slide-out related posts are automatically created once you reach the end of the article. Ultimately, it saves you from having to manually do internal linking for every post and every page.

Google XML Sitemaps : This plugin generates a special XML sitemap to help search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com to index your site more easily. The plugin also notifies major search engines whenever you create a post containing new content.

Google Analytics : This plugin allows the use of Google Analytics on all pages by adding the required javascript. Google Analytics itself is a service offered by Google that gives details to users about a website’s traffic and traffic sources. It additionally measures sales and conversions.

WP Ping Optimizer : Every time that you press save while working on your WordPress blog post, it pings. Because of this, you can be viewed as being a ping spammer. Luckily, this plugin prevents such an occurrence, but also help ping correctly once a new post has been properly completed.

ThirstyAffiliates : If you are running a website and earning your money through affiliate marketing, then this is the ideal plugin for you. This plugin helps you in organizing your affiliate links, assists you in inserting them into your posts, pages and comments and also helps you in creating pretty links instead of ugly affiliate links by using link cloaking. Relatively new tool but a definitely must have if your monetizing your website through affiliate marketing.

Advanced Responsive Video Embedder : Sharing videos on your website has become the “in” thing these days. Unfortunately the native WordPress video embedder is not up to the mark and still needs development. But to overcome this issue the advanced responsive video embedder plugin is a perfect solution. This plugin has support for a ton of video sites including the popular ones like YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, etc and is also responsive.

Sharing Buttons & Analytics by AddShoppers : We all know how important it is to connect to social media and to gather attention to your website. This plugin not only does that really well, but gives you a complete analytic report of the social activity happening on your website. The social media buttons are very well designed and the reward sharing feature within the buttons encourages users to actually click on them.

Related Post by Zemanta : This plugin is a great tool to retain your readers. Sometimes, you may not get the answer from a particular post or simply want to know more; this plugin suggests a few posts along the same topic and encourages you to read more. The thumbnail feature is also useful, since the image increase the chances of you, actually clicking on the related post. This tool also gives you a report for the clicks that you have received on the related posts section. Related Post by Zemanta is also responsive and works great on mobile devices too, hence making it a must have WordPress plugin for your website

Live Chat – Casengo : If you are looking to get a chat application for you website or blog to interact with your users, then this plugin is for you. You just have to create an account with Casengo, install the plugin in your WordPress website, select the color theme and the position of the chat window and you are good to go. Highly recommended for ecommerce and support based websites.

WPtouch : This plugin automatically transforms websites to make them accessible formobile devices. Using the plugin, you can make your website easier for people to use while on the go.

Want to be a Professional Blogger.?

First what professional really means to you.? What does it mean by Professional Blogger.? and, more importantly, Who is a problogger.?

For some bloggers producing a huge Traffic, Comments, following a huge RSS Feed Subscribers and from this generating more amount of revenue/income is know to be a Professional Blogger. But Some totally disagree with this. For them Blogging is much more about passion, dedication and the amount of study, research and time the person gives is called to a ProBlogger.

Professional-Blogger

What is a Professional?

Know you can check on online dictionaries or google them, Here is what About.com has to say.:

“According to Merriam Webster there are seven related, but varied, definitions of “profession“. The two that are most commonly applied to bloggers include:

  1. characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession
  2. participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs (a professional golfer).”

A Pro Blogger is a Blogger by Profession

According to About.com :

“I think we could then apply the second definition to blogging – that is, the small percentage of bloggers who make their livelihood with their trade could be considered bloggers by profession. So while competence is obviously a factor, the fact that a person makes their living with a given pursuit would make them a professional. Being a blogger by profession means that they make their living by blogging. A problogger should be ranked by his ability to generate revenue with his blogging activity.”

I think making blogging as your main profession is quite difficult to opt in today’s period. Except the fact that you’re writing on a subject/niche which is interacts a huge interest by the people and had a huge following. This can turn your blog audience/visitors to generate revenue and you can rely somewhat to make your living. Another fact is you should have great skills to build a strong online presence of your blog, and in many cases, of yourself as you’re behind the content. You should know about the Services and Tools that make your blog Awesome and Best unlike the rest. Newbie Bloggers aren’t able to do so quickly but it is necessary to know the measures to be a ProBlogger.

How to Make Money Online with a Blog

Do you already have a blog? Are you planning to earn from the internet? Did you want to make some money with your blog?

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If your answer’s to these questions is ‘YES’ then here are some popular ways to make money online with a blog.

If you want to make money blogging, then you’ll be happy to hear that it is not that hard to do.  Of course, the amount of money you make depends entirely on your hard work and efforts you put to create your great blog and publishing it,  growing your audience, and continually testing your blog with new and latest essential modification on the blog. You also have to use the best money making opportunities in order to find the best ways to match your audience’s expectations as they are the primary step to your blog and you also have to maintain the goals for which you have setup your blog both at the same time.

By writing your own blog, you can make money in a variety of ways. Such as :

  • Google Adsense – For bloggers, one of the most popular online advertising programs and possibly the easiest to set up on your blog is Google AdSense, which offers a variety of pay-per-click text, display, and video advertising opportunities for bloggers.  With a bit of effort, experimenting, and tweaking you can definitely make some money with Google AdSense.
  • Placing your own product ads on your blog – If you’re a developer or create stuffs which you want to sell it on the Internet you can place your own advertisement on your blog.
  • Affiliate Advertising – You can signup for various affiliate advertising programs like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon, Ebay etc. Which is like you help them to sell their stuffs on your blog by placing their product ads on your blog and earn commission after someone buys it from your blog.
  • Sponsor stuffs on your blog – Writing sponsored posts where people pay you to write a post and publish it on your blog about a specific product, business, service etc.
  • Asking for donations – If your blog relates to any social service or to a organization you can ask for charity or donations.
  • Become a Professional Blogger – This is not for Newbie (New Bloggers). If you write well and wish to work from by your own then you could work as a professional blogger. Keep in mind, blogger pay rates can vary drastically, so make sure any opportunity you take it should match your long term blogging goals.
  • Selling merchandise and Much More.

This are some of the Money Making tips which i know through Blogging Online. If you know please share with me in the comments below.

Thanks. Happy Blogging.!

Blogger or WordPress – Which blogging platform to choose.

Now, this post might be a new problem for every blogger. But its not that it isn’t previously discussed before. You may found a lot of links/articles on the internet which lets you campare between these two best blogging platforms and even including other platforms of blogging with them like Tumblr, Live journal, weebly, etc.

Blogger or WordPress

The reason i stated only these two platforms is because they are more reliable and more functioning than any other platforms.

Here there is a lot to know before you sign up and start blogging for any of these sites. It is not that you can choose only one and run your blog all life long. You can be a part of it as long as you want because its Free.!

Before going further i want you to look at their Features :
(Click on the Link, will open on a new page).

WordPress and Blogger.

Blogger.com :

All what i can say about Blogger is it’s Easy to Understand, Manage and Create. Blogger is owned be Google and if you have a Gmail account then you can easily login from it and start blogging. You will receive updates notifications on your very same signed email id. The interface of Blogger.com is very good and managing multiple blogs is easy. What you will love is creating/posting the content,  Add Tags and Categories, date or schedule your post for future and/ or save it as a draft or Publish it instantly, it is a fun to post you blog post and takes seconds to go online. Templates are good enough to suite your style and you have the option to customize it anytime, anyway. Various Gadgets are supported which can be embed on your blog such as Showing Stats to the visitors, Video Playlist, Polls, Feeds, An Image or just a Slideshow. Stats option allow bloggers to get detailed information about the Traffic (Visitors) their Place (Country), the most viewed post and the Device used for viewing your blog. This also helps you with managing a mobile view of your Blog.
Blogger blog also has a Mobile View Option which helps any mobile phone viewers to view the blog easily on their Mobile Device. The blogger blog is Search Engine Friendly and it can also be linked with your Google+ account to generate more traffic by sharing your post or blog content with your Google+ friends. You can also earn Money from your blog with Google Adsense by integrating its code on your blog in the Earning Tab easily.

Note : Blogger.com is Free and if you want to host your own domain (MyBlog.com) on Blogger than you would have to pay $10 to Blogger.com.

WordPress.com :

WordPress is the most widely used Blogging Platforms as it includes WordPress.com – Blogs hosted for Free and WordPress.org – Self Hosted Blogs.Wordpress is more functioning, more effective and attractive than Blogger.com. WordPress comes with its regular updates including plugins and themes.

My Opinion :

If you don’t know anything about Blogging or just want to have a Personal Blog or a Blog of your Interest then Blogger.com is a great Choice. But if you know about Blogging and want to try out some additional advancements like Plugins, Coding and CSS and want a Professional or Organizational Blog then WordPress.com is a great Choice.

Increase Traffic to your Blog

Now when i mean TRAFFIC, it’s related with the Visitor’s who visits your blog.

It is Important to know the Benefits behind Increasing Traffic to your blog :

  • More Popularity of your Blog (& of course your’s)
  • Your Content will reach to the Maximum number of People.
  • More Visitors, More Revenue (i.e., More Money)

There are Various Methods of generating traffic to your Blog and for starter’s some are listed below :

  • Add ShareThis Button to your Blog : After Posting a Post on your Blog. Use ShareThis Button to share the content on the Social Networking sites like GPlus, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Etc. This will engage your Friends and some new Visitors to your Blog.
  • Join Groups & Communities : Weather it may be on Social Networks or on related (post, topic) Forum. You can share your Views, Articles or simply your Blog URL for referring them to visit your Blog.

– Write a Guest Posts for Other Blogs : Find blogs in your niche and reach out to the owner of each blog to find out if the blog publishes guest posts. If so, write a great guest blog post and be sure to include a link to your blog in your bio that accompanies the post.

If You Know some then Please let us know by Commenting below.

Published a Blog Post. What’s Next.?

This Post is the second step to my previous post about ‘How to Write an Effective Blog Post’.
I know, you might be thinking and asking yourself, Is there anything left when i have done everything to look my Blog post Effective.? What should i know about Publishing a Blog Post.? Does this makes any difference to Blog.?

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The Answer is Yes. It will make a huge Difference.!
Before beginning with the Publishing tips for your Blog Post you should know all the Wh… types of questions which helps your Blog, your Audience and specially you to Grow in your particular subject of Blogging.

Why.?

  •  Because your blog needs new visitors (audiences) to view your blog’s content.
  • They will interact with your content (by commenting) helping you to grow your traffic.
  •  Suggest you with new ideas or topics for your next post and even help you to earn some money.

You should try to do the following points every time you Published a Blog Post :

  • Share it with your Friends and Family : You should post the link of your Blog post on Social Networks viz., Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin.
  • Your Blog Page on Social Networks : This can really help you. But takes a time to spread your words. You can create a page on Social Networks and Post your Blog Post links regularly. Invite your friends to join the page and ask them to share the posts (and this allows your links to grow) on their profiles and their friends view your blog post’s link on their profiles.
  • Through E-mail : Do you have some E-mail addresses who have not join Social Networks. Then send them invites, if they not want to join, then send them e-mail manually. By writing ‘Visit this Blog Post, Hope it may help you.’ following the Link of that particular blog post.

NOTE : DO NOT SPAM. BY MAILING IT TO THE UNKNOWN E-MAIL ADDRESSES. AS THIS SPOILS THE REPUTATION OF THE OWNER OF THE E-MAIL AND OF THE BLOG.

  • Share on Groups or Communities or Forums : There are lot of Websites available on the Internet who help you and your blog to reach and collaborate with those people who want to discuss, learn and grow more. Share your Blog Post Link or a description about your blog or of a particular post on those sites which then allow those like-minded people to visit your blog.